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PHOTO OF DAY: PUTTING ON A SHOW

This photo was taken last September inside the Menno Fire Hall as the fourth annual Menno Volunteer Fire Department Car Show unfolded on Fifth Street. The fundraiser returns today, Saturday, Sept. 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and will include food (ribs and pulled pork) prepared by the fire department and live music in the evening. 

NEW: CRASH EXPERTS QUESTION RAVNSBORG'S CAR-DEER EXPLANATION

An experienced traffic-accident reconstruction expert is casting doubt on the claim made by South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg that he thought he hit a deer with his car the night of Sept. 12 when in fact he had struck and killed a man.

FRIDAY'S MENNO/MARION FOOTBALL GAME CANCELED

Because of a COVID-19 situation in the football cooperative schools, Friday night's Menno/Marion football game at Baltic has been canceled, according to Menno Athletic Director Jacque Liebl. No additional information has been made available. 

ROUND AND ROUND IT GOES

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JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

From its earliest beginnings more than 30 years ago through the present day, the Menno Pioneer Power Show has strived to be a family-friendly event, with activities and attractions for folks of all ages.

CITIZENS COMPLAIN ABOUT PARKING CITATIONS

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

A handful of Freeman residents appeared before the Freeman City Council Monday night, Sept. 14 to express their displeasure after receiving tickets without warnings for vehicles that were in violation of city ordinance 8.0224, which says vehicles cannot be parked on city property for a period longer than 72 hours. In at least one case, a property owner was ticketed for having a vehicle parked on the street in the wrong direction. While some were ticketed, others who were notified of violations received only warnings.

DOC'S MESS HALL OPEN FOR BUSINESS

JEREMY WALTNER - PUBLISHER

A Main Street building that was home to The Kairos bookstore/gift shop for 30 years and most recently served as Delicious Flavor — a bakery owned and operated by Brenda Blue and her daughter, Harley — is back open for business under new ownership and management.

ALL ADULTS NOW ALLOWED AT FLYERS VB GAMES

All adults will now be allowed to attend volleyball matches hosted by Freeman Public Schools, per board action Monday night, Sept. 14. Previously, the district was limiting the number of spectators to only those with date-specific vouchers; each rostered player was allowed five vouchers per match to try and limit the possible spread of COVID-19. Opposing teams were allotted the same number.

HISPANIC MARKET NOW OPEN ALONG HIGHWAY 81

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

Families living in the Freeman area who want a more extensive selection of traditional Spanish foods no longer have to make a trip to one of the larger cities in the area to find it. A new store on the southeast corner of town, in the back room of a building that has long been a restaurant, is now open with the growing Hispanic population in mind.

PUBLISHER'S COLUMN: BRINGING DAY IN THE LIFE TO LIFE

If you missed the “A Day in the Life of Freeman” documentary that aired on South Dakota Public Television late Monday evening, Sept. 7, no worries. You can view the 25-minute film online by clicking here, and it is scheduled to air again on SDPB next Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m., so set that DVR.

THE CABINET MAN

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

For those who know Ray Schultz, it’s hard to imagine him doing anything other than what he has done professionally for the past five decades — build cabinets.

But that’s not what the lifelong Freeman resident set out to do when he graduated from Freeman High School in 1963 and enrolled at Southern State College in Springfield.

Instead, Schultz, who retired from cabinet making this year after 50 years in business, wanted to be an industrial arts teacher before quickly realizing that teaching wasn’t for him.